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USS Laffey was an Allen M. Sumner-class destroyer laid down on June 28, 1943 as DD-724 and launched on November 21, the same year. It was commissioned the first time on February 8, 1944 under Commander Frederick Becton’s command and served in the US Navy for 31 years until it was decommissioned for the last time on March 9, 1975. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 336 people on board and had the main missions in Bermuda, Scotland, Cherbourg, Korea or Tokyo. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Naval Register and sunken as a target. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Laffey received 5 battle stars and 2 for Korea.